Follow Me: It’s Been 9 Years

8 July 2000.

It was on this day 9 years ago that I received the Lord’s call to go fulltime into ministry.  It was the start of the second week of the 40 Day Fast.  The title for that day’s meditation was “Caught in the Net” and the introduction read …

“The call to follow Jesus is, at the same time, the call to do His work.  There’s no discrepancy.  There’s no distinction.  Following plus fishing [Mark 1:17].  Relationship plus responsibility [3:14].  Not either/or, but both/and.  “People who seek the Lord seek the lost” [Jack Hayford].  And the call is urgent.  Jesus’ mission takes precedence over the family business [v.18], and the family itself [v.20].  In fact, over everything!”

When I read Mark 1:17, I sensed the invitation by Jesus to “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.”  This was no general call but one specifically meant for me.  Somehow, I knew in my spirit.  I can’t explain it … I just knew.  And yet, I needed to be sure.  Maybe it was my imagination.  Maybe I was reading too much into it.  Maybe … maybe … maybe …

I picked up my other devotional, The Daily Bread, and that day’s passage was 1 Timothy 1:12-17.  I opened my bible and v12 read … “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry …”

That did it for me, and I wrote the following words … “God is calling and I have to respond.  Lord, free me from the entanglements to respond fully to Your call, and to Your mission.”

The past 9 years have been the most exciting years of my life and I know it’s only the tip of the iceberg.  That’s more, for sure!  It’s been a tremendous journey and God has been with me every step of the way.  I have learnt so much in this walk of faith and nothing and no one can take that away from me.  The reality of God’s goodness and faithfulness rings true and deep in my heart, a sure foundation that holds me steady whenever I waver or falter in my steps.  Even so, His grace is ever sufficient for me, and in my weakness is truly when His strength is made perfect!

As 9 is the number of completion, I believe the 1st phase of my ministry has reached a completion of sorts.  I now look ahead to the next phase where the Lord will once again train and equip me for new things and new opportunities.  My part is to continue to seek Him and to stay close to His side.  He will do the rest and provide every resource that I need to fulfil the ministry.

Like Paul, I too thank the Lord Jesus Christ for enabling me!  By His grace, He counted me faithful and put me into the ministry.  This privilege and honour I will never trade for anything else the world can offer.  Thank you, Lord Jesus, for all you are to me!

The greatest thing in all my life is knowing You
The greatest thing in all my life is knowing You
I want to know you more
I want to know you more
The greatest thing in all my life is knowing You

The greatest thing in all my life is loving You
The greatest thing in all my life is loving You
I want to love you more
I want to love you more
The greatest thing in all my life is loving You

The greatest thing in all my life is serving You
The greatest thing in all my life is serving You
I want to serve you more
I want to serve you more
The greatest thing in all my life is serving You

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